U.S. short sales jump as banks try to clear distressed inventory

New York /
Aug.August 25, 2011 02:12 PM

Sales of homes that were in some stage of foreclosure or bank-owned accounted for 31 percent of all U.S. residential sales in the second quarter of 2011, up from 24 percent of all sales in the second quarter of 2010, according to a market report by RealtyTrac, released today. Pre-foreclosure sales jumped 19 percent from the first quarter.

The average sales price of a foreclosed or bank-owned property was $164,217 in the second quarter of this year, down less than 1 percent from the first quarter and down nearly 5 percent from the second quarter of 2010.

“With average prices on distressed real estate trending down and average discounts trending up, this report is clearly good news for well-positioned buyers and investors looking for bargain real estate that will build them wealth in the long term and often cash flow as rental real estate in the short term,” said James Saccacio, CEO of RealtyTrac.

Perhaps less evident, Saccacio said, is that a jump in pre-foreclosure sales coupled with bigger discounts on pre-foreclosures amounts to good news for distressed homeowners as banks focus on more efficiently clearing distressed inventory through more streamlined short sales.

“This gives distressed homeowners who do not qualify for loan modification or refinancing — or who are not interested in those options and want to sell — a better chance of completing a short sale to avoid foreclosure. Streamlined short sales also give lenders the opportunity to more pre-emptively purge non-performing loans from their portfolios and avoid the long, costly and increasingly messy process of foreclosure and the subsequent sale of an REO,” Saccacio said. — Katherine Clarke


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Philip Falcone and his homes at 142 Crestview Lane in Sagaponack and 22 East 67th Street (Getty, Corcoran, Google Maps)
Phil Falcone files appeal halting foreclosure of UES, Hamptons homes
Phil Falcone files appeal halting foreclosure of UES, Hamptons homes
Philip Falcone and his homes at 142 Crestview Lane in Sagaponack and  22 East 67th Street (Getty, Corcoran, Google Maps)
Foreclosure on Phil Falcone’s homes can move forward
Foreclosure on Phil Falcone’s homes can move forward
(iStock/Illustration by Kevin Rebong for The Real Deal)
Foreclosures and evictions could be halted for rest of 2021
Foreclosures and evictions could be halted for rest of 2021
John Philip Sousa and the Sousa House at 80 Washington Place (Getty, Leslie J. Garfield)
Second foreclosure suit filed against owner of Sousa townhouse in West Village
Second foreclosure suit filed against owner of Sousa townhouse in West Village
Simon and David Reuben with One Thousand Museum (Getty, iStock)
Reuben Brothers seeks to foreclose on Zaha Hadid-designed One Thousand Museum
Reuben Brothers seeks to foreclose on Zaha Hadid-designed One Thousand Museum
Brian Harris of Ladder Capital, Aron Rosenberg or R&B, 28 West 36th Street and 32 West 39th Street. (Ladder, Aron Rosenberg via LinkedIn, Google Maps)
Midtown office buildings stave off foreclosure with refi from Ladder Capital
Midtown office buildings stave off foreclosure with refi from Ladder Capital
John Philip Sousa and the Sousa House at 80 Washington Place (Getty, Google Maps, iStock/Illustration by Alexis Manrodt for The Real Deal)
$25M Sousa townhouse in West Village faces foreclosure
$25M Sousa townhouse in West Village faces foreclosure
Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava (Getty, iStock)
Miami-Dade resumes pre-pandemic evictions after unannounced February break
Miami-Dade resumes pre-pandemic evictions after unannounced February break
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...